Once more does Manfred Gerstenfeld show that he is better than the Norwegians in pin-pointing the particular problem Norway has with Israel and the Jews.
Incredibly, Tromsø, that shitty little town up North in Norway, who for decades now has tried to pass itself off as a beacon of multiculti tolerance and bragged about its ‘sophisticated’ political culture.
But, as Gerstenfeld noted in 2010, in his book Anti-Semitism in Norway:
At the end of last year, the Israeli embassy protested against a comparison of the situation in Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto by the mayor of Tromsö, Arild Hausberg of the Labour Party. A few months earlier the Israeli embassy had already protested to Hausberg about an exhibition on Gaza in the town’s library. In May this year, twenty-one staff members of the local university called for an academic boycott of Israeli academics. Gilbert also teaches at that university. For these and various other reasons, Tromsö seems on its way to becoming a center of Israel-hatred in Norway .
Once more, in the wake of the unprecedented visit by the Israeli ambassador in Tromsø, as the guest of liberal politician Jonas Stein, the hate filled people in Tromsø (they seem to mainly be related to that unreliable rag Nordlys and the University) seem to have lost what little left they had of critical thinking. Other Tromsø dwellers may have a more moderate stance, but compared to the bucketful of vomit delivered by the more profiled anti-Israel activists, these voices literally drown under the aforementioned vomit.
Nordlys 2013 01 17, Editorial, Not Online
What are the thoughts behind the invitation by Tromsø City Councilor Jonas Stein of the Israeli Ambassador to Norway? This is in the eyes of many a planned provocation and the reactions fit this. At best it is very inappropriate and thoroughly unprofessional.
The reason for this is of course that at the same time there is a delegation of young Palestinians to Tromsø; invited by the TIFF, the Tromsø international film Festival, as well as the Mayor of Gaza, invited by Mayor Jens Johan Hjort (Conservative). If liberal politician Jonas Stein has invited the Israeli Ambassador as a sort of counterweight to the Palestinian visit, then it is not only myopic and banal. It is outright infantile and stupid.
At worst it can be interpreted as an outright insult against Tromsø’s Palestinian guests. There is a significant chance over the Israeli Ambassador finding it to be very remarkable if he had been invited as a guest to the TIFF a long time in advance, and some silly politicians disliking Israel in the last moment inviting Palestinian politicians as a “counterpoise”.
Perhaps City Councilor Stein holds the opinion we should invite the Ku Klux Klan while Nelson Mandela is visiting Tromsø, for the sake of balance?
The actions of the City Councilor turns even more strange when one is acquainted with the friendship city cooperation Tromsø has with Gaza is the responsibility of his.
He has been set to lead this work and then she should commit to the work he has been ordered to do on the behalf of the city. Perhaps our Palestinian guests are not insulted by these stupidities; however, the credibility of City Councilor Stein is strongly weakened when he arrogates the right to play the role of a private foreign politician.
Jonas Stein owes Tromsø, TIFF and our friendship city of Gaza an explanation. And perhaps even an apology.
And maybe the editor will be mindful that having gotten leglessly drunk at that depressive Tromsø landmark pub, Ølhallen, does not qualify for anything at all, least of all any coherent political analysis. Twat!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Nordlys 2013 01 17
VISITS AND DIALOGUE, Vidar Eng
I am in disagreement with the protests against the City Councilor’s invitation of the Israeli Ambassador to Tromsø. I believe the municipality of Tromsø loyally will express the Norwegian official view on the illegality of settlements in the West Bank, and their removal as a necessity for peace. The fact the Mayor of Gaza and the Ambassador of Israel is in Tromsø at the same time should be exploited for a dialogue in Tromsø. Surely, they meet in the Middle East, why not in Tromsø?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Nordlys 2013 01 18
THE CULTURE OF HATRED DIRECTED AT ISRAEL
Egil Arne Myhre
We were many in Tromsø filled with hope and delight over the positive news of the visit of the Israeli Ambassador, invited by the City council, in the context of the TIFF. The hissing outbursts of hatred by the Gaza/PalCom members say more about them and their agenda than it does about anyone else. Cultural editor Lasse Jangås is furious, talking of gobs of spit. Is it not about time for the political and intellectual cultural elite in Tromsø to see that the culture of hatred directed against Israel, being tinder for the young generation, should be turned away from illogical hatred against a whole people towards friendship with both Palestinians and Israelis?